First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni with the Adviser to the Education Commission Dr. Omari Issa Mbaraka (on her left) and other members of the delegation from Tanzania plus Senior Officials from the Ministry of Education. Third from the left is Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza

EDUCATION MINISTRY PREPARES FOR LEARNING GENERATION LAB APPROACH

Preparations by the Education and Sports Ministry to conduct a Learning Generation Lab workshop are in high gear.

The Learning Generation Lab workshop brings together key stakeholders in one place to jointly analyze problems impeding successful delivery of education services in the country and their root causes, recommend priorities for reform and budget for their successful implementation. With its emphasis on direct participation and inclusion of multiple voices in the process, the lab help to create a home-grown transformation and action plan that can spark genuine behavior change and new ways of doing business for faster and better results.

It is being championed in 14 pioneer African Countries by former Tanzanian President H.E Jakaya Kikwete from the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (The Education Commission) a major global initiative which works to reverse the lack of financing for education around the world in order to achieve equal educational opportunity for children and young people.
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni on Friday met a team of officials from Tanzania affiliated to the Education Commission who called on her at State House Nakasero. The four man team led by Advisor to the Education Commission Dr. Omari Issa Mbaraka included Dr. Ezekiel Linda Margaret Kokulamuka, Mr. Kamugisha Gerase Mugisha and Ms. Ndunguru Neema Janet. The meeting was also attended by officials from the Education Ministry who included the Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza and Under Secretary Aggrey David Kibenge.

The Education Commission team had been in the country since Sunday and held consultative meetings with various stakeholders in the education sector in preparation for the Education Commission Learning Generation Lab Workshop

Mrs. Janet Museveni said the team at the Ministry of Education and Sports is anxious to see a change and however observed the need for mindset change and the determination of all stakeholders to implement the Lab methodology.

She thanked the team from Tanzania and said sharing the experience of Tanzania which successfully implemented the Education Commission Learning Generation Lab will give Uganda mileage. “We shall rely on you to lead us on this journey”, she said.

Dr. Omari Issa Mbaraka said all 14 pioneering African countries had been assessed and Uganda is the group one of countries ready to implement together with Ghana and Tunisia. The other countries are Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia, Botswana, Gabon, Chad, Nigeria, Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Cote d’ Ivoire and Mozambique

He reported that the feedback from the consultations made with the various stakeholders in Uganda including heads of directorates and departments in the Ministry, Education Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations and the Delivery Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister was extremely positive and there is unanimity in supporting the new Lab methodology.

He pointed out that the three key pillars in this methodology include prioritizing, discipline of execution and accountability throughout the system and focuses less on the inputs and more on the outputs. He also talked about the need to establish a Delivery Unit in the Education Ministry whose members should be people recruited on merit from different backgrounds and experiences.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports Alex Kakooza reported that the next step in the process is to lobby stakeholders to mobilize resources to facilitate the activities that will be agree on during the Lab.

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